Association of iron deficiency anaemia with febrile seizure in children

Journal Title: Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics - Year 2018, Vol 7, Issue 2


Background: Previous studies reported that iron deficiency could be a risk factor for Febrile Convulsion (FS) because both conditions are common in children of the same age. However, few studies described iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) to be less frequent in children with FS. Controversy exists regarding the association between IDA and FS during childhood. Aim: To evaluate the association of iron deficiency anaemia with febrile seizure in children. Material and Methods: A total of 40 children of age 6-60 months with FS were evaluated for iron eficiency anaemia by complete blood count, serum iron, sr. ferritin and TIBC levels. Results: Out of 40 cases, 26(65%) hildren had low serum iron concentration and 14 (35%) had normal serum iron concentration (p>0.05), the serum ferritin level was normal in 35 (87.5%) children and low in 5 (12.5%) (p<0.05), TIBC levels were high in 34 (85%) and normal in 6 (15%) children (p<0.05). Thus, 28 (70%) of the children were diagnosed of having iron deficiency anemia. Conclusion: Iron deficiency was the commonest association for the occurrence of febrile seizure. Accordingly, children with FS are suggested to be monitored for diagnosis and treatment of IDA.

Authors and Affiliations

Sheenu Gupta, Veeranna Kotrashetti, Parag Bhole


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Sheenu Gupta, Veeranna Kotrashetti, Parag Bhole (2018). Association of iron deficiency anaemia with febrile seizure in children. Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics, 7(2), 38-41.